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‘Knifeman on train was a paranoid schizophrenic’

Stabbed 18 times: Lee Pomeroy PICTURE: EPA

A TRAIN passenger accused of murdering an IT consultant was a paranoid schizophrenic who had a ‘fear of crowds’, a court has heard.

Darren Pencille, 36, stabbed Lee Pomeroy, 51, in a row over blocking of an aisle on a Guildford to London Waterloo service, the Old Bailey has been told. Pencille’s mother Ingrid Robertson yesterday said her son was in his 20s when she was told he was a paranoid schizophrenic.

She said he had been admitted to hospital on a few occasions, had a ‘fear of crowds’, and struggled on public transport — sometimes ringing her in a panic saying he ‘needed to get off quickly’. ‘He always thought people were looking at him or wanted to do something to him,’ Ms Robertson told the court. Witness Kayleigh Carter said Mr Pomeroy appeared to be ‘taunting’ Pencille.

The trial was told Mr Pomeroy was knifed 18 times in 25 seconds while travelling with his 14-year-old son.

Pencille’s girlfriend, Chelsea Mitchell, 27, allegedly picked him up. Pencille, of no fixed address, denies murder, and Mitchell, of Farnham, Surrey, denies assisting an offender. The trial continues.